lemper ayam

Lemper Ayam is one of Indonesia’s popular snacks. It is made of Sticky Rice/ Glutinous rice with Chicken wrapped in it. It is then individually wrapped in Banana leaves.

What you will need:
  • 2 cups (500 g) sweet rice/sticky rice/glutinous rice
  • 7 oz (200 g) Chicken breast meat
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 cup (250 ml) coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • Banana leaves for wrapping
  • Ground spices:
  • 1 large red Onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 stalk lemon grass
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  1. Cook the sticky rice in 2.5 C of water using rice cooker
  2. Boil the chicken in water until it is cooked. Let cool before shredding the meat
  3. Heat oil in a wok and saute the ground spices until fragrant. Add in chicken and other spices.
  4. Continue to saute for another 3 minutes and then add the coconut milk and reduce so the mixture is almost dry again. Set aside and let it cool
  5. Thoroughly clean your hands and leave them wet for preparation of wrapping. Place a tablespoon of the sticky rice on your palm and spread it across your palm and make a little indentation in the middle for filling. Spread about ½ Tbsp of the chicken meat in the middle and roll the rice around to cover the filling and it will form a croquette shape
  6. Gently place lemper ayam in the middle of a cleaned banana leaf (about 15cm x 15 cm) and shape the lemper ayam into square. Fold the leaves over as if wrapping a gift and secure the two ends with tooth picks (I broke the tooth pick into two pieces). Wet your hands again if necessary to prevent the rice sticking to your palms
  7. When ready to serve, heat some oil in a pan and place the lemper ayam on the pan and let the banana leaves brown and burn a little so it will impart great flavor into the lemper ayam and it looks nice too :) Let it brown for about 1 minute on each side
I have some "purplish color" on my lemper ayam because I mixed white sticky rice and black sticky rice :) You can do so, but make sure you cook both rice separately or you will end up with the whole pot of black sticky rice. After they cool down, you can mix them together before wrapping

lemper ayam